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Topic: Crime and Punishment (not about the book) (07/21/11)
TITLE: Disregard at your own risk
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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That silly funeral dirge I learned as a child sang through my mind as the scene played out on the street outside my bedroom window - a tow truck hauling away a shiny black hearse.
The owner of the souped-up limousine had been warned.
In the large condominium complex that I reside in, the streets are periodically re-surfaced. Prior to the most recent upgrade, notice of the pending roadwork had been sent to each home and posted on mailboxes and exit gates. According to the directive, all cars needed to be removed from the mapped out area by 7:00am on the scheduled morning. The decree warned that vehicles not heeding this order would be towed away at the owner’s expense. The instructions included counsel that there was to be no driving or walking on the freshly tarred road for a full eight hours, and that non-compliance would result in a fine and possible damage to the undercarriage of the car.
I’ve often see this hearse parked nearby, so it was not on site for professional reasons. The time was 7:20am and the tow truck was clearing out cars that remained in the slurry zone. Those of us who complied with the instructions still had possession of our vehicles as we had either left for the day or moved the car to another area. It was a minor nuisance not having parking access for a few hours, but it was better than getting fined, having hot sticky tar glued to the tires or having the vehicle towed away. The driver of the hearse disregarded the warning, therefore, his car departed and he had to pay a morbid fee to have it exhumed from the tow yard.
Proverbs 13:13 warns: He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded. (NIV)
Now I know that I’m not going to die because I saw a hearse go by, but must admit, I laughed and spoke aloud
“These people are serious!”
So is God when He directs us to do something. If we refuse to listen and choose not to comply with what He tells us to do, there will be consequence; and most like not very humorous. Obey the instructions; it’s worth it in the end.
I’m sure the driver of that hearse will agree!
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